Mice and rats are perhaps the most dreaded of pests to find in your home. There’s just something about them that sends the hair on people’s necks standing on end and causes them to run for the nearest chair or door. Plus, it’s majorly embarrassing to have company over and see a mouse or a rat run across the floor.

But mice and rats aren’t just an aesthetic problem – they actually pose a safety risk for your home. If you spot one, you need to call a pest control company in Arizona right away to deal with the problem. Here are some of the top dangers of a mice or rat infestation:

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Hantavirus can be spread through rodent feces. When you sweep up the poo, try to vacuum it, or otherwise disturb it, the virus that the feces carries can become airborne, and you and others can breathe it in and become sick. The virus can also pass on through food or surfaces that have touched rodent urine, feces, or saliva. So if you have mice or rats running around your home, just about anything could be contaminated.

Hantavirus can lead to a serious pulmonary syndrome that can even cause death. The initial symptoms of the virus include headaches, dizziness, nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting. No treatment is available for the virus, and there is no cure, so catching it early is essential to getting good care. You should also work with an Arizona pest control company to keep your home free of mice and rats that can carry the virus.


Most people know about the danger of salmonella, but they think it is limited to handling raw chicken and other meats. However, mice and rats can carry salmonella in their guts, and they can pass it on through their feces. And as mentioned above, the feces can contaminate other surfaces in your home, as well as your food or water.

Salmonella can cause symptoms like nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, as well as chills and fever. Salmonella infection may not be deadly unless you have a compromised immune system or other health condition, but it can make you miserable. It’s definitely something you want to save your family from by keeping your home free of rodents and other risks.

Rat-Bite Fever

Being bitten by a mouse or rat might be your worst nightmare. But it can happen. You might be bitten while you are reaching for something in a closet and don’t realize a rodent is there, or one might bite you while you are sleeping. If that happens, you could become infected by rat-bite fever, but you may not notice symptoms for another three to 10 days.

Typically, symptoms of rat-bite fever include a skin rash, muscle pain, arthritis, and of course, fever. Over the following few weeks, your symptoms may worsen and can lead to a need for hospitalization.

Rats and mice aren’t just disgusting pests that make your skin crawl. They can actually harm you and other family members with the bacteria and diseases they can carry. Simply avoiding contact with the rodents won’t be enough to protect you since their urine and feces can spread contaminants. Anywhere they roam can become a place to spread disease. You must work closely with a pest control company to put the right measures in to remove all mice and rats from your home and to keep them out for good. Humane solutions are available if you don’t like the idea of rodent corpses all over your house or you just want to feel better about how you’re handling keeping the animals out of your house.

Varsity Termite and Pest Control can help you keep your home free of rodents and other harmful pests. We offer complete pest control services for homes and businesses in Phoenix and the surrounding area, including eco-friendly and humane options. Our affordable pest control services can target a current infestation, as well as provide maintenance treatment to prevent future outbreaks. Our goal is to keep your home pest-free to minimize damage to your home and ensure that the space is safe for your family and guests. Call us in Phoenix today to schedule an inspection or service.

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Varsity Termite and Pest Control – Gary Dobert
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Gary is the co-owner of Varsity Termite and Pest Control, a family owned and operated company in Arizona with over 21 years of experience. They specialize in termite and scorpion control services.

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